The Practical Guide to Cognitive Rehabilitation: Overcoming Cognitive Neurological Impairments

The Practical Guide to Cognitive Rehabilitation: Overcoming Cognitive Neurological Impairments

Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Ph.D. and Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D.

Authors Dr. Kimberly S. Hutchinson and Lawrence S. Dilks have developed a workbook filled with readings and exercises designed to assist persons with neurological impairments in the recovery process. Each section has activities and worksheets with a variety of visual and cognitive activities. Sections include orientation, attention and concentration, processing speed, memory, executive functions, language redevelopment, visual perception, anxiety and depression, and extra activities. This workbook is for individuals, caregivers, and clinicians.

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This workbook was developed by experts in cognitive rehabilitation who recognized the limits of many cognitive rehabilitation programs due to insurance limits and shortened hospital stays. Developing worksheets and exercises based on available research on brain injury and neuroscience, they have developed a practical workbook that addresses the areas most commonly affected by a variety of neurological conditions, including traumatic and acquired brain injuries.

ISBN# 9781931117845
Pages 203 pages, 8.5x11, softcover
Year 2015


Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Ph.D.

She is a Clinical Psychologist with Counseling Services in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Physical Rehabilitation Services at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. She is a graduate of Barry University, Villanova University, and Fielding Graduate University. She has taught at Barry University and has a research interest in rehabilitation. She is completing a fellowship in Neurocognitive Rehabilitation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D.

He is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has a private practice with Counseling Services in Lake Charles Louisiana and serves as the head of the Department of Neuropsychology with the Physical Rehabilitation Service at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. He is a graduate of Truman State University, Kansas State at Pittsburg and The University of Southern Mississippi. He served four years as an Army Clinical Psychologist and has taught at Northwestern and McNeese State Universities. For the last 37 years he has focused on helping individuals overcome psychological and cognitive impairments, always with the goal of maintaining as much independence as possible.


About the Authors

About the Foreword


Chapter 1 Orientation

Chapter 2 Attention & Concentration

Chapter 3 Processing Speed

Chapter 4 Memory

Chapter 5 Executive Functions

Chapter 6 Language Redevelopment

Chapter 7 Visual Perception

Chapter 8 Anxiety & Depression

Chapter 9 Extra Activities


This book was born of necessity. The authors were faced with providing cognitive rehabilitation to both an inpatient and an outpatient setting. Additionally, patients, clients and families require explanations of the purpose and logic of the ongoing interventions and would frequently interrupt treatment to request information. Many in patient consumers obtained services for only a brief period of time, typically two to three weeks. The interventions were intense and commercially prepared products were rapidly extinguished as well as prohibitively expensive. Out of necessity (some would suggest desperation), the authors began to develop cognitive rehabilitation worksheets based on the available research surrounding brain injury, special education, developmental disorders and neuroscience. The research directly related to outcomes for cognitive interventions is mixed and limited in scope. Hopefully this situation will improve in the near future.

These were the circumstances that led to the development of a workbook that would offer a brief explanation of the realm of impairment followed by exercises and worksheets for consumers. We have provided a number of exercises in different realms that offer a choice to the therapist and the consumer. Not all exercises will be appropriate for every client; therefore, pick and choose the exercises that best address the specific needs of the person you are working with. Enclosed are activities for approximately two weeks, which is the average length of stay on a rehabilitation unit. The authors have discovered progress is most rapid and rapport at their best under the following circumstances: the therapist uses distributive practice, offers liberal verbal reinforcement, modifies activities as appropriate, focuses on practical outcomes, is personally involved, has a relationship with the family and is transparent in interventions. Be creative and never give up.

The tasks included are specifically designed for intervention, not as assessment tools and should not be used for diagnostics. Don't hesitate to modify a task if it benefits the consumer.

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